Tracy Alexander Scholastic Australia ISBN: 9781760152895 RRP: $16.99 Published: April 2015 Reviewed by Wil Hack is a modern day thriller about Dan Langley, an innocent teenager who finds out how powerful the internet is and that not everyone on the internet is who they say they are. Dan is a typical 16 year old teenage geek who loves computers and has an interest in hacking. He starts by innocently dabbling in hacking but soon finds himself in deep trouble. Things […]
Knife & Packer Knife & Packer Scholastic Australia ISBN 9781743627259 RRP $12.99 Age 6+ Date of publication June 2015 Reviewer Megan Stuart This book hardly needs a review because there are many children already fans of the crazy characters in the craziest races on earth. The last book featured a race in space and this time the race is a deep sea dash. The publication is the same with bright coloured pictures and illustrations but there is plenty of text […]
Susannah McFarlane Dyani Stagg Scholastic Australia ISBN 9781921931994 RRP $7.99 Age 5+ Date of publication June 2015 Reviewer Megan Stuart Another in the EJ spy school series. These books encourage girls to read so that’s enough for me to promote the latest in the series.
Anh Do Jules Faber Scholastic Australia ISBN 9781743629314 RRP $14.99 Age 6+ Date of publication June 2015 Reviewer Megan Stuart Weir Do is back. The humour is up to the usual high standard and themes range from dogs, supermarket shelving to his father nicknamed “Noseman” because of his acute sense of smell!
Meredith Costain Danielle McDonald Scholastic Australia ISBN 9781760153038 RRP $12.99 Age 7+ Date of publication May 2015 Reviewer Megan Stuart A new book in the Ella diary series is out and this one is all about pets. The books are great for early readers and writers and they have some dedicated followers in our school library. There will be a queue for this latest book.
Melinda Salisbury Scholastic Aust ISBN: 978 1760151577 Age: 12+ Published: March 2015 RRP: $16.99 Reviewer: Nicola Cain Twylla is blessed. She can withstand the deadly poison, Morningsbane, being in her blood. She is destined to marry a prince. She is considered the Queen’s daughter. She is a descendant of the gods. She is Daunen Embodied. Twylla is cursed. She can kill with a single touch. Anyone that touches her skin is poisoned, unless you are a royal. Her role in […]
Uncle Joe Kirk Sandi Harrold Scholastic Australia ISBN 9781743628577 RRP $15.99 Age 3+ Date of publication January 2015 Reviewer Neville Sandon Talking about indigenous Australian’s culture is long overdue. For those of us who learnt history as “facts” “dates”, “places” along with key “significant individuals”, left us with the society, culture and beliefs of Aboriginals as an enigma. There was little appreciation of how the original Australian’s culture and beliefs were communicated within families and community. Found in Aboriginal myths […]
Goldie Alexander Scholastic Australia ISBN 9781743629673 RRP $16.99 Age 11+ Genre Historical fiction Reviewer Megan Stuart This is a realistic fiction book set in Warsaw during the second world war. The story is told by Hanna a Jewish girl. The author Goldie Alexander has written may books in this genre and one of the most popular is the My Australian Story – Surviving Sydney Cove. Hanna’s story ends as she and her brother join the Jewish Combat Organisation before the […]
Darrel & Sally Odgers Janine Dawson Scholastic Press ISBN 9781743622995 RRP $9.99 Age 6+ Date of publication March 2015 Reviewer Megan Staurt This is an early chapter book about a border collie called Barnaby Station Stamp of Approval …. Stamp for short. Stamp is travelling around Australia with James Barnaby in a four wheel drive vehicle when he and James encounter heavy rain and a rising river. The story is told by Stamp and it is “pawfectly” done.
Uncle Joe Kirk Sandi Harrold Scholastic ISBN 9781743623114 RRP $15.99 Ages 3+ An Indigenous Australian story Date of publication January 2015 Reviewer Megan Stuart Duelgum is a book worth owning. it is about the spawning of freshwater eels near Moreton Bay in Southern Queensland. The freshwater eel is a spiritual totem in the Wakka Wakka culture and the story is told by Uncle Joe Kirk who is a Brisbane and Wakka Wakka elder. Sandi Harrold is the illustrator and her […]
Susannah McFarlane Dyani Stagg Scholastic Australia ISBN 9781921931642 RRP $7.99 Age 5+ Date of publication: September 2014 Reviewer Megan Stuart This is the fifth book in the EJ Spy School series for new readers. It is described as a beginners “chapter book” and although it is unlikely that young readers will identify with going to spy school nevertheless the message about being brave even though we are scared is a worthwhile message.
Randa Abdel-Fattah Scholastic Australia ISBN : 9781742990118 RRP $14.99 Age 9 – 11 years Date of publication January 2014 Three best friends have discovered a mysterious book which has profound messages that appear on its pages to help guide the girls through some of the challenges they face during grade six at school and home. This is a lovely story about young girls learning to understand themselves and others using sound moral advice with relatively easy concepts to guide girls […]
P Crumble Simon Williams Scholastic ISBN 9781743622377 RRP $19.99 Age 3+ Published October 2014 Counting down from 10 to 0 with the most improbable situations from blind mice learning how to water ski to an elephant squashed in a limousine. The illustrations are particularly good with strong bold colours and good definition. This is a hard cover book with bonus CD and an invitation to sing along with Jay Laga’aia …. and who wouldn’t want to? Reviewer Megan Stuart
Nick Bland Nick Bland Publisher Scholastic Press ISBN 9781742838250 RRP $24.99 Age 4+ Children’s picture book Published September 2014 Nick Bland has written and illustrated another great book. This time the central character is a monster who can’t scare anyone with anything but his food. It is “a must” for foodies. There is a great rhyming pattern in the book and he has added new layers to the illustrations with lots of different patterns. There is plenty to “unpack” in […]
Emma Allen Hannah Sommerville Scholastic ISBN 9781862918733 RRP $24.99 Age 4+ Hardback picture book September 2014 This is a lovely story about introducing a new baby to siblings and the importance of grandmothers. This grandmother is wise. She doesn’t outstay her welcome when the new baby comes home but she gives love and support and anticipates reactions to the change a new baby brings to family dynamics. The illustrations are soft watercolours and give the reader plenty to discover and […]
James Phelan Publisher: Scholastic ISBN: 978-1-74283-193-0 RRP: $14.99 Age: 9-14 years Date of Publication: September 2014 After a dramatic sea rescue in Japan, Sam meets powerful friends. He sets off for Cambodia to find the last 13’s tenth Dreamer. Eva faces her worst fear in the Dreamer Doors competition. Meanwhile Alex is headed into unknown waters with Hans. At the legendary temple of Angkor Wat Sam must find the next gear.Can he succeed? The world cannot survive without him. To […]
Katherine Forsyth Scholastic Australia ISBN: 9781743624067 RRP: $7.99 Age: 8+ Key words: Adventure, Fantasy Date of publication: September, 2014 Reviewer: Lia Russell This is a story about four friends with quite different backgrounds. Although they possess different talents they are all brave, resilient and resourceful. The first paragraph tells us that “The wolves smell danger in the wind” and danger there is indeed for Tom, Elanor, Sebastian and Quinn. Lose yourself in this fast paced adventure and when you have […]
Performed by Justine Clark Illustrated and recorded by Nathaniel Eckstrom Scholastic Australia ISBN13 9781742836447 RRP $24.99 Age 3+ Date of publication October 2014 Like Peter and the Wolf, Justine Clarke has given instruments characters in the retelling of this old favourite. The instruments include the tuba, the trumpet and the marimba. Along with the instruments, the words and the illustrations make it easy to follow. The illustrations are lovely soft blues and waterside greens. As well as the ducklings there […]
Colin Buchanan and Greg Champion Glen Singleton Scholastic Australia ISBN 9781743620427 RRP $19.99 Age 3+ Date of Publication October 2014 This is a beautifully illustrated and delightful book presenting an Australian twist on “deck the halls with boughs of holly” It incorporates the theme of mateship and also features wonderful Australian flora and fauna. And if that isn’t enough there is also a CD enclosed! Fa la la la la la la la
Penny Matthews Stephen Michael King Scholastic Australia ISBN 9781742990279 RRP 24.99 Age 4+ Date of publication October 2014 A delightful look at the part animals played in the stable on the night Jesus was born. The animals remember this with pride and in doing so retell the story. A timely reminder of the reason for the season. Teacher’s notes available at http://www.scholastic.com.au/schools/education/teacherresources/assets/pdfs/One_Night.pdf
Ed Allen Nathaniel Eckstrom Scholastic Australia ISBN 9781743624180 RRP $16.99 Ages 3+ Date of publication: October, 2014 Christmas, Children’s book This is a lovely Christmas book for young readers. It is beautifully illustrated with whimsical looking reindeer and hidden numbers to look for in every scene. Akin to the 10 green bottles story, Santa starts with 10 reindeer and after a series of mishaps is left without any.
David Hill – Author Fifi Colston – Illustrator Rob Kennedy – Song/CD Scholastic Price : $26.99 Ages: 6 + Type: Hardback Picture Books ISBN 9781869439989 Reviewed by Angela Hall I would particularly recommend this story for children. It has beautiful illustrations which capture both the harsh reality and also the humanity and compassion. The focus of the story is a small dog who catches rats and delivers messages, and a young soldier called Jim. Jim finds himself in the middle of […]
ISBN-978-1-90499-467-1 Publisher-Scholastic Aus Date of Publication- August 2011 Reviewer- Kerrin Bagshaw The book that every body knows and loves is back! Every time I read any of the books I am absolutely amazed and the 2012 edition is even bigger. While our old favourites remain unbroken, some broken or new ones set, people have come up with some very interesting new ones that are just simply amazing. The Guinness Book of World Records has a new layout […]
Susannah McFarlane & Lachlan Creagh Scholastic Australia RRP: $4.99 ISBN: 978 1 74283 047 6 November 2011 A Bug in a Book review by Angela Hall. The Little Mates series of books have a book for each letter of the alphabet. Messy Mia of course is the book for the letter M and is filled to the brim with marvellous M words. Messy Mia the Magpie has the most untidy nest of all the magpies. Quite the shambles in fact. She seems unable to do […]